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Mayor's Corner 09/05/2019

Dear Friends:

I think I might have some kind of Attention Deficit Disorder!  I have several things in my office that distract me.  They keep me from things that are screaming for attention.  Procrastination may be a side effect of my ailment.

One thing that always grabs my attention is old maps.  I’ve created one to teach various groups about trails through Utah.  It shows where Native Americans, traders, trappers, explorers and pioneers traveled to make their mark on our beautiful state and beyond.

I sometimes contemplate what their circumstances were.  How did they meet the challenges associated with staying safe and alive, while at the same time holding onto hope for many of the same things I hope for: family, faith and a bright future.

It is so darn easy to worry about things we can’t control or affect?  It has been said that worry is a useless emotion. Yet I woke up at 3 a.m. the other morning, worrying and preparing for a contentious meeting that never happened.  I thought of all kinds of questions and answers.  I often remind myself that we wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we realized how seldom they do!

Back to the early travelers --- now they really had challenges.  Safety was important, but having enough food and water must have been near, if not at the top of the list. There are many accounts of folks who lost faith in their guide, trail boss, or wagon master (head ‘em up, move ‘em out). Many took shortcuts that inevitably didn’t work and were almost always dangerous.  I guess they did have one advantage in their wanderings.  They didn’t have quite as much “stuff” as we have!

Let’s pretend for a minute.  You’ve just been told that your talents are needed in a new settlement two hundred miles away.  You need to be there in a week or two at the latest.  If that happened now to several families in our community, we would have a new DI opened in the middle of Main Street and the yard sales would take place from dawn to dusk every day until the move.

Let me tell you a secret.  Your kids don’t really want all that stuff you’ve have been storing, at least until they recognize its antique value!

Mayor David Ogden